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2014 Colorado Horse Council

Dennis W. Kuehl, (President)
Occupation: Public Education
Years in horse industry: Lifetime but for the last 31 years we have owned, bred and trained Belgian Horses. We have promoted the Draft Horses through parades, shows and workshops. We have organized and managed Draft Horse Shows and Workshops in the west. For at least ten years, we even partnered with the late Steve Bowers in Draft Horse Workshops. 
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Andrea R. Raschke, (Vice President)
Horses aren’t just for the wealthy or for people who live in the country. I firmly believe that the equine community should continually reach out to the public to maintain the horse’s establishment in the urban environment, provide volunteer opportunities, promote horse-related events, and actively participate in equine organizations. Our shared goal should be focused on preserving the equine lifestyle for future generations, educating others about the positive impact horses have on our area’s economy, and enriching the lives of those who love them.
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Christy Landwehr, (Secretary)
Christy Landwehr has been active in the horse industry for over 25 years. Hunter/jumper, dressage, native costume, side saddle, western pleasure, hunter pleasure, barrel racing, endurance riding and saddle seat equitation are just some of the disciplines Christy has competed in at the local, regional and national levels. She has been teaching children and adults how to ride for over 20 years. Christy is a Master Level Riding Instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and has taught students in 4-H and Pony Club. She is the Past President of the American Youth Horse Council (AYHC) and an AQHA Professional Horseman She also founded, competed on and coached the University of Colorado at Boulder Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team. She is a member of the Aurora Horsemen’s Association and puts on shows for the club and a member of Colorado Horse Council.

With an undergraduate degree in public relations and speech communication from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, Christy has vast experience in marketing and sales. She was the Sponsorship and Youth Programs Manager for the Arabian Horse Association, a trainer for Skill Path Seminars, and the Development Director for the Urban Farm that works with at-risk youth in Denver. Currently, she is the CEO for the Certified Horsemanship Association. She is also a clinic instructor and site accreditator for the organization. Christy lives on a 10-acre horse ranch in Aurora, Colorado with her husband and her two sons, two horses – AQHA mare Zips Silver Sis and APHC gelding Chip Off the Dot, and a dog and cat.

Victoria Long, (Treasurer)
Victoria brings to the Colorado Horse Council a solid business background as Principal and Owner of The Solution Experts?, a financial advisory and tax planning firm Providing Solutions for Life Planning. Victoria has been involved in the equine industry in Colorado for over twenty years first as a competitor and now as a pursuer of the pleasure experience offered by the beautiful Colorado backcountry. As a past 4-H Horse Leader and National Western Stock Show Volunteer she knows the importance of preserving the equine heritage of this country. Being a local business owner she is dedicated to making Colorado not only her home but her outdoor playground. Active in several local riding clubs as well as owner of the equine bed and breakfast The Wine Glass Ranch LLC, she keeps a finger on the pulse of what affects equine enthusiasts. In addition to her financial advisory and tax planning practice she has her feet firmly planted in agriculture by raising sheep and training stock dogs for competition.

2014 Colorado Horse Council BOARD MEMBERS


Jerry Black, DVM
Dr. Black, co-founder of Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California, left the practice of veterinary medicine at the end of June to pursue a new role in the horse industry as Equine Science Program Undergraduate Director at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Equine Science Program includes the reproductive and orthopedic research laboratories, among other units, and grants degrees to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Black founded Pioneer Equine Hospital in 1973 and built it into one of the leading veterinary hospitals in North America. Dr. Black brought unique qualities to his new role at CSU. In addition to his experience as a veterinarian who specializes in performance horse lameness, Dr. Black has been a leading breeder and exhibitor of cutting horses, and owner of Valley Oak Ranch, a stallion station and breeding farm in California. He is past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, is currently a member of the board of trustees of the American Horse Council, and has had many horse and veterinary industry roles. Dr. Black earned his veterinary degree at CSU.

Julie Chaney
Julie is an avid trail rider after years in the show ring starting in 4-H and moving to Western and English Pleasure, APHA and finally Reining. She has been involved with horses over 40 years.

Currently, Julie is the Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado and Public Lands Committee Chair. She is also a Director representing Colorado on the BCHA National Board where she sits on the Public Lands Committee. She is also a Director on the Board for the Front Range Back Country Horsemen and their Public Lands Committee Chair. Julie holds certifications in Trail Crew Leadership, FS Chainsaw and Crosscut and Leave No Trace. She has recently been asked to represent BCHA on the National Network of Wilderness Stewardship Groups. She was a contributing author for Saddle Up, Colorado, a statewide trails and travel guide published for equestrians.
Julie has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. She has been married to Jim for 28 years and they have a son, Greg, serving in the Marines in Okinawa, Japan. They moved to Colorado from Central Illinois in 1983.

D. Adam Daurio, Esq.
Adam Daurio is an accomplished executive director and attorney, with experience in, knowledge of, and passion for the rodeo, equestrian, and agricultural industries.  Daurio is currently the Executive Director of the Saddle Up! Foundation, a non-profit corporation based in Parker, CO that provides equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs.  Previously, Daurio's legal practice included agricultural law, real estate and business law, general contracts, non-profit organization, and western lifestyle consultation.
Daurio received an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Extension and also Economics, from Colorado State University.  He then went to University of Wyoming Law School and received his Juris Doctor.

Daurio volunteers as a guest lecturer for Colorado State University's Agricultural Law class and Equine Science Senior Capstone class.  Additionally, his philanthropic work includes volunteering for 4-H, Volunteers of America, Kempe Foundation, YMCA, Bridgeway Homes, Susan G. Komen, Families First, and Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Daurio enjoys showing quarter horses in western all-around, reining and cowhorse events.  He lives in Parker, CO with his wife Jennifer, their two dogs and five horses.

Courtney S. Diehl, DVM
Dr. Diehl is the practice owner of Mobile Veterinary Services in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Her practice serves the equine and small animal communities in Routt, Moffatt and Eagle counties.  She does relief work for the Mt. Werner Vet Clinic.  Dr. Diehl serves on the board of directors of the Rescued to Ride nonprofit organization, where the focus is on training rescued horses.  She has spoken at the American Farriers’ Association annual convention in Portland, Oregon and at a private seminar at Sawtooth Veterinary Hospital in Bellevue, Idaho.  Dr. Diehl taught in the veterinary technician program in Glenwood Springs, CO and was an instructor with the American Farriers’ Association.  Dr. Diehl has practiced veterinary medicine and furthered her education and experience in Evergreen, Conifer and Eagle, Colorado, New York and Kentucky.  Dr. Diehl founded Eagle Valley Horse Rescue in 2007, with two partners, and served on the board of directors.  She is certified in animal chiropractic care.

C.J. Donovan
C. J. Donovan is a full time equine trainer/instructor. Her facility is Misfit Training Center in Nunn, Colorado. She has a family history of ranching and her grandfather was a hand for W. C. Harris. Ms. Donovan would like to participate in preserving that way of life. She has rescued and rehabilitated unwanted, neglected and abused horses and other animals for over 25 years with great success. Ms. Donovan continues to do so today and she uses the horses for training her students, some of whom end up adopting the horse they were matched with. She does not believe that simply riding a horse makes a good horseman or horse owner, so her students are taught all aspects of equine care, including hoof care, nutrition, attitude adjustments, and everything in between. Ms. Donovan has a program through her facility where at-risk youth can participate in riding instruction at a reduced cost or free, depending upon the circumstances. She believes that today’s youth can benefit from a relationship with horses as much as the horses benefit from having someone to trust and love. She has helped injured riders return to riding with confidence after an accident. She believes in continuing education and is expanding her farrier education by learning the Equine Lameness and Prevention Organization barefoot trimming and is becoming certified therein. Ms. Donovan has had the opportunity to work with wild horses, including a herd of over 300 on a ranch in Wyoming. She has started, owned and operated her own businesses and has a working background in business. Ms. Donovan has also started the Equestrian Club at Front Range Community College. Her love of horses and the western lifestyle has long been her goal and dream, which has now been realized and she continues to grow and learn from it everyday. Ms. Donovan describes herself as someone with a “go get it” attitude.

Julie Fischer
My name is Julie Fischer and I currently reside at Meadow Mt Ranch GS Camp with my family - I am the Statewide Horse Riding Program Director for Girl Scouts of Colorado.  I have been active with Girl Scouts for over 35 years, and am affiliated with CHA.  I have a strong passion for the scouting program and am looking forward to creating a strong horse program that will benefit scouts year round.  Right now we are in process of creating a high adventure program at our camp that we hope one day will become national and not just for our council.  I grew up in central Texas around horses and the ranching life style and was introduced into horsepacking and wilderness riding through scouts at an early age.  I've been in the equine industry as a professional for over 20 years working as Director/Manager, Accountant and Auditor, Instructor – Western and English, Wilderness Trailride Guide, Outfitter Guide/Packer, Vet Tech, Q.A., and Teacher.  I've instructed/managed and directed programs for: scout camps (Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts - Philmont), learning disabled program at boarding school, therapeutic riding programs, - mentally and physically challenged riders, professional packing/outfitter businesses and wilderness guiding, have worked in vet clinics, etc.  I enjoy creating and providing learning opportunities for youth and have a strong belief that horses are an asset to any youth - both recreational and therapeutic.  My disciplines and skills are in western, horsepacking and outfitting, farrier, and wilderness guide trail riding.   I did majority of my time packing through the national forests in New Mexico as well as Colorado.  I have completed undergrad classes in equine science prevet and became cert Vet Tech; have a BS Accounting and Business Mgt; and am completing my Masters - MBA-ACC; have plans to continue on to a PhD either in Mgt/ACC or equine related field.  In addition to my equine career, I've worked in finance and accounting in the Agricultural industry.  I've enjoyed combining my equine and accounting knowledge in the various positions I've held and currently hold.  It has been an asset for me to be able to not only manage the educational and instructional part but also all business, management and accounting aspects of the programs in order to be able to provide a well-rounded structure. 

CHC is a vital organization to the equine industry in Colorado.  I’ve worked several years in the industry in Colorado through the Girl Scouts as well as local dude ranches and liveries.  My strong passion is packing and guiding in RMNP - Wild Basin and National forests with horses.  My current full time position requires me to also promote and develop horse opportunities statewide for scouts outside of our properties that will enrich the equine experience for our members and educate them in horses both on trail and in the arena.    CHC plays an important role in helping me make connections and enriching my program across the vast state, and educating girls of the importance of horses, many roles they play in our lives, and trail etiquette for horses in the back country.  By joining the board, I would be able to show my support for the CHC organizations' success as well as help it to benefit scouting.

Paul Crockett

Khadija Haynes
Occupation: Chief of Staff, Colorado Senate Majority

Years in horse industry: 20+

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Scott McEldowney
Scott McEldowney has been serving Douglas County for almost 12 years as a Ranger and Land Management Specialist where he is responsible for the development, implementation and management of a variety of progressive and innovating programs and projects. He has over 25 years of highly diverse recreation, business and land management experience within the Natural Resource, Recreation, Equine and Agriculture industries.

Scott's leadership and experience in Range and Forest Management, Recreation Management, Emergency Management, Noxious Weed Management, the Douglas County Mounted Patrol and many other programs within the Open Space Division, has helped set a new standard in Public Lands Administration. Scott holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado.

Dorothy Nepa
Dorothy Nepa lives in Westcliffe where she continues to raise and train trail horses, an adventure she began thirty-five years ago. She belongs to Back Country Horsemen of Colorado, the Jefferson County Horse Council, the ApHC and other horse clubs. She has volunteered at the National Western Stock Show for 17 years and is a Director in the Western Stock Show Association.

Jon Pushkin, APR
Jon Pushkin is president of Pushkin Public Relations and one of Denver’s most widely respected PR practitioners. He is a past chair of the Independent Practitioner’s Alliance of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a past president of the Colorado Chapter of PRSA. Jon’s award winning work has been recognized by PRSA, Colorado Healthcare Communicators, and the American Marketing Association. Founded in 1997, Pushkin Public Relations specializes in brand awareness, reputation management and strategic communications programs for a variety of clients, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Colorado Community Health Centers, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Checkoff Colorado, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Credit Union of Colorado, Colorado College, Medical Group Management Association, National Stroke Association, Colorado Neurological Institute and many others.  Meet Jon Pushkin>>

Lora Richards
Like most CHC members, I grew up with a love for all things horse. Throughout my life I have enjoyed the many venues owning horses has offered me. From raising and showing Quarter Horses and Paints to my current position with the National Western Stock Show, I enjoy horses as a part of my life. I joined the National Western Staff in 1997 and currently oversee the equine activities during the off-season and mange the Horse Show during the annual National Western Stock Show. Some of the horse shows produced during the Stock Show include – the NWSS $40,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 RAM Freestyle Reining and the North American Classic Six-Horse Hitch World Championships. Also produced is the National Western Wild West Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses and several other great shows. I would be honored to help the Colorado Horse Council during the coming years.

Kathy Sabine
Kathy Sabine joined 9NEWS in the spring of 1993, and is currently the Chief Meteorologist.  Kathy has worked in television since she graduated from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Along with her forecasting work, Kathy has spent time anchoring the news, reporting, producing and writing. She has also spent time behind the scenes in production as a chyron operator, camera operator, audio technician, floor director and tape operator.

Kathy began college studying to be a Veterinarian. She started work on her first degree in Veterinary Science at Cal Poly later switching her major to Journalism. Kathy's work on her second degree in Meteorology began years later at Metropolitan State College in Denver and also at Mississippi State University.

An avid horsewoman, she supports many animal and equine organizations in our state. She drives proudly through the Denver metro area sporting the "Support The Horse" license plate on her vehicle!

Kent L. Sturman
Kent Sturman has been a resident of Colorado since 1989 and has spent his adult life working to make the lives of both horses and kids better. Born and raised on a cattle and horse ranch in Wyoming, he was a member of both 4-H and the FFA. For 22 years, he served as Executive Director of the National High School Rodeo Association where he was dedicated to building character, respect and sportsmanship in the youth of the United States, Canada and Australia. He worked tirelessly to meet the organizations mission of promoting the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship, preserving the western heritage, offering an opportunity of family bonding and continuing education and maintaining the highest regard for the livestock. During his tenure, the NHSRA reached a goal in 2006 and each year following of awarding over $1 million in college scholarships to its members annually. Sturman has also been dedicated to equine and animal welfare being a founding member of both Friends of Rodeo and the Animal Welfare Council. He also served on the PRCA’s Humane Advisory Committee. Sturman has been on the board of directors of the American Youth Horse Council for 18 years and held all officer positions with that organization serving as president in 2002-2004.  He continues to support these organizations and be involved in the industry.

Angela Walsh

"The hooves of the horses!  Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet; 
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird, can stir me as hooves of the horses have stirred."

Will H. Ogilvie

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